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Thursday, December 9, 2021


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes

Stir-ups and Pink Candles

In our tradition this next Sunday has two different names. The older name is "Gaudete" Sunday which comes from the first Latin word in the traditional introit for this service. It is the familiar text "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice."  The other name, "Stir-up" Sunday, is not related to horses, saddles and cowboys, but refers to the first two words of the collect of the day, "Stir up your great power, O Lord, and come among us." The reason this Sunday is so important, the reason why in some churches the vestments are pink instead of blue or purple, is that the focus changes this week.

We have been contemplating the meaning of the world, the direction the world is heading in, the call of the prophets to repent, and the hope for a Messiah. Our focus has been cosmic. This week our focus shifts to a stable in Bethlehem, our preparing to welcome the Messiah in the person of Jesus. In some sense the meaning of the universe was our previous question/focus, and a very particular baby born to very particular parents, in a very particular place becomes the unexpected answer to the question, and our new focus. We first meet Jesus in the person of his cousin, John the Baptist, this Sunday.

Yes, we do wonder about the direction of the universe, yet God acts and is present in our very lives. Your life matters, my life matters, the person who cut us off in traffic matters, the child winning the art contest in some distant country whom we will never know personally matters. God's action, coming among us in great power, is not just a cosmic event, it is an event that is taking place in each of our lives. Advent invites us to open our eyes and see what God is doing right here, right now, among us. In the words of Tiny Tim, from the Christmas Carol, Jesus being born means quite specifically, "God bless us, EVERY ONE"

Have a great week everyone,
Father John+
This Week

Transmission Rates in Lumpkin County exceed our benchmark This Week.
Based on the current contamination rates this week we will:

Masks are recommended for all people, though we do not police.
We will sing using masks.
We can gather outside for fellowship after the service.

Christmas Eve Service
Friday, December 24th
8:00 P.M.

Christmas Day Service
Saturday, December 25th
10:00 AM

First Sunday after Christmas Service
Sunday, December 26th
10:30 AM


Sunday's Worship
at 10:30 AM

Both live streamed and in person.
 If anyone has symptoms of any illness please refrain from coming to church. We will wear masks in the Service. There will be one designated singer in the ramp room.

The Sunday Service will stream on Facebook at 10:30 AM
You do not need a Facebook account to see it.

If streaming is not good because of our Internet service 
the video posted afterwards will usually be much better.

Current Sunday Bulletin | PRESS HERE
New This Week
This Tuesday!
2021 Ecumenical Advent Services

This Tuesday, December 14th at 12 Noon

Father John leads the worship on
Tuesday, December 21st 
12 Noon

at the St. Luke Roman Catholic Church

We are asking for: 2 more crock pots of soup for Tuesday, December 21st.
Sign-up at the church vestibule or email us.


Christmas party at the home of Don and Elaine Clark
Bring a dish to share
  The party is at 1 pm
   December 11 is when we’ll have fun
   Music, good friends, fun and food
  Come to 258 Via Senese 
We’ll be ready for you!

Don and Elaine
Christmas Poinsettias
December 24 & 25

Please make your flower donation on/before Sunday, December 15
Please fill the form below to make a donation towards the purchase of Poinsettias to adorn our church and altar. Any amount is welcomed!


In Thanksgiving for: 
In Memory of:    
Donation amount:    $ 

Please place your donation in the wooden Offerings Box at the Narthex or at the Office Administrator’s mail slot.
Ongoing Announcements


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Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

All Is Bright

Last week we considered the theme “All is calm.”  This week think of opening your heart and mind to the light and warmth of a new day. 

As we move toward that very special night on which the Savior was born, think of the light that will come into the world to fill our lives. - Rosalie Jensen

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Our Parish This Week
Devon Olivia Rooney, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Henry Grimes, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley, Richard Lutz, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ruth Purcell, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Frances Thrasher, Marti Carter, Judy Ford, Pea McKellar, Carol Smith, George Heitz, Mary, Ernie Farrington, Holly Brannon, Marilou Kinney, Cari Grimes Stephens, Jim Kinney, Gregg Clark, Russ Olson, Joey Taylor, Dana Weaver, Elizabeth Vogt, Amanda Schell, Larry Channell, Christian Kirsh, Mike McCormack and Florence Barnett.

Females Alone Bible Study

Join us at the Pastor's study or through the Zoom Meeting
Thursdays at 10:45 am
M E N  at  Breakfast
Tuesdays at 9 am
Meeting at the Wagon Wheel restaurant.


7        Lucy Davidson
8        Larry Channell
8       Chet Barger
8       George T. Armijo
      Dyann Beaty
9       Karyl Loux
      Mike Weitze
10      Paul Anderson
12      Garry Mayfield
15      Cheryl Jones
16      Lynda P. Duke
20     Lara L. Lowman
21      Donovan Levesque
26     Ann Thurman
28     Millie G. Alexander
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12        Kathy & Skipper Gholston
23       Helen & Wendel Long

Please email us your special dates:

T H E    M I N I S T R Y   O F   T H E

Flower Guild
Last Sunday's flower offerings was an arrangement by Kathy Gholston.

The Flower Guild is very grateful for the support received from the parish for the this year's Christmas decorations.

The Flower Guild needs volunteers. Please contact Cathy Ritch.
Thanks to those contributing to the Flower Guild!
For their offerings of Christmas Poinsettias and donations for the enhancement of the church on Christmas worship celebrations!
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.
Coming soon!

Celebrating the New Year with Hope, Awareness and Purpose


December 31, 2021 at 6 pm

All proceeds benefiting JEREMIAH’S PLACE

• Canned potatoes 15 oz.
• Canned fruit 15 oz.
• Canned meat: Chicken, tuna, ravioli, spaghettiO's, etc.

• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter
• Bisquick

Personal Care Items: 
• Shampoo 
• Conditioner 
• Body soap/wash 

• Deodorant 

• Dental floss 
• Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega

chp logo

We appreciate your kindness, concern and generosity.

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services | Community Helping Place | 706-867-9621, ext 303
NOA needs:

  Canned goods  
  Bedding sheets 
  Wash clothes  
  Toilet paper  
  Paper towels  
  Antiseptic wipes

Anyone wishing to donate items for NOA may feel free to drop off such items in the NOA basket in the church narthex. Thank you so much for thinking of others! - Betty Greene -
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
Merry Meal Makers
Please join us as we create a new list of individuals willing to make & deliver a fresh home cooked meal when it is needed. When you are called upon you will be given all the particulars the recipient has requested.

Please send me an email with your best contact information to Suzanne Ryerson at Thank you, Suzanne.
Sunday Ministries

Third Sunday of Advent

Zephaniah 3:14-20
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18
Canticle 9

The Collect

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Service Participants Schedule
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